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    Levon3 got a reaction from Phoenix88 in Is it ok to receive no feedback in this situation   
    How many days? It is not uncommon for my supervisor to get my feedback months later, depending on how many other projects they have in the works. Next time you send something for feedback, I would say something like, "I'd like to get this submitted by July 31. Does that timeline work for you?"
    As far as emailing about the brief idea, my supervisor doesn't seem to respond to things like that either. They have to decide how much guidance to give you and it sounds like they trust you to integrate the new idea or not.
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    Levon3 got a reaction from Faith786 in Coronavirus and academic job hiring for 20-21   
    That's wonderful news! Congrats and good luck!
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    Levon3 reacted to Faith786 in Coronavirus and academic job hiring for 20-21   
    Hello, I just wanted to provide an update: 
    Despite the glaring website notice that "XXX university has implemented a hiring freeze", I was contacted yesterday for a virtual campus visit that consists of research/teaching demonstration and additional interview. 
    I am confused about this contradiction, but still super excited, and praying that it goes well!!
    Ciao!!
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    Levon3 reacted to dr. telkanuru in Giving up (marine biology/oceanography)   
    This is a stupid thing to post on an internet forum. You are not as anonymous as you think you are.
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    Levon3 reacted to Faith786 in Has anyone applied to jobs and heard back?   
    I just observed a "virtual" campus visit and saw a teaching and research demonstration at my department on Friday as an "observer".  I thought it would be good experience to see how the interviews are being conducted given that I might have to experience a virtual interview myself (hopefully) at some point if I get recruited for the "virtual" campus visit. The hiring committee was wonderful and the interviewee/candidate was very experienced.  Fingers crossed that I get "called" somewhere...
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    Levon3 got a reaction from Faith786 in Coronavirus and academic job hiring for 20-21   
    I am also pretty scared about this.
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    Levon3 got a reaction from Faith786 in Has anyone applied to jobs and heard back?   
    A colleague of mine had a campus visit turned into a virtual "visit" with basically the same schedule as was initially set.
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    Levon3 reacted to t_ruth in Continuing Track vs. Tenure Track   
    This varies highly from university to university. My university has CT positions that have very similar salaries (if not exactly the same) to TT positions. They aren't short-term contracts, and they have their own tenure process. Also, at faculty meetings, I've seen little hierarchy in how CT vs. TT faculty are treated. Here, CT faculty are professionals who focus on teaching or research only, TT are professionals who focus on the typical combo.
    This is very different from other universities I've been at, where there is a much bigger difference in terms of prestige, salary, etc.
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    Levon3 reacted to palyndrone in Mentioning about Depression in SOP   
    I'm gonna repeat good advice here and say that, unless it's directly relevant to your grad school program/field of study, limit talking about your personal life or making excuses for grades in your SOP as much as possible. Your SOP should highlight your qualifications, your motivations, and your ability to contribute something of value. Unlike an undergrad application essay, there should be a lot more "statement" than "personal". If your grades weren't great, focus on your internships and your individual skills.
    Even though it shouldn't, in a worst case scenario discussing poor mental health can make you seem unreliable and a potential risk to the reviewing committee. It's unfair, but the system does discriminate. Let your application speak for itself. If you feel like something stands out so much you have to explain it, keep it brief.
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    Levon3 reacted to Hope.for.the.best in Membership required to present?   
    I am not sure how common it is to require conference participants to be members of the organizing association, but it is not unheard of. It is more common to charge members a lower registration fee than non-members.
    If the conference fits your thesis topic and you wish to present there, then it's worth getting the membership. The opportunity to present (poster or oral) and network with others is definitely worth the money. You can choose not to renew your membership after a year. In this case, you just pay $ 35 once.
    Probably have a chat with your advisors and see what they think. It's possible for them to cover the membership fee if they think it is a conference that you should present in.
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    Levon3 got a reaction from TwirlingBlades in Switching advisors at a later stage in the dissertation process   
    I wonder if there's a way to say something like, "although I would love to have your expertise, I've been advised not to have more than 4 members on my committee because it can be hard to reach consensus with larger committees. I hope you know that I value your mentoring thus far, and would still be honored to talk with you about my work should you have the time, but I do not want to obligate you to be a superfluous committee member."
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    Levon3 got a reaction from 2019MSWHopeful in Loans cover Tuition and Rent (don't know what to do about Books, Gas, Food)   
    Despite my work, I ended up having to take out additional loans, and I'm still paying them off. I'm not sure whether I'd do it again tbh. I think the advice to go 3/4 or 1/2 time and just take longer may be good advice. I also ate a lot of lentil soup. You can add various on-sale veggies and stuff to it and change it up flavor-wise.
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    Levon3 got a reaction from 2019MSWHopeful in Loans cover Tuition and Rent (don't know what to do about Books, Gas, Food)   
    I worked full time during my (also full-time) master's program, but I was alone in a new city in a long-distance relationship, so I wasn't worried about offending friends and family by only concentrating on school for a short time. I wouldn't say "it really isn't that difficult" as BTF seems to think, but it wasn't impossible (for me).
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    Levon3 reacted to BTF in Loans cover Tuition and Rent (don't know what to do about Books, Gas, Food)   
    Get a full or part time job during school, it really isn’t that difficult to manage your time accordingly. 
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    Levon3 got a reaction from jmillar in Loans cover Tuition and Rent (don't know what to do about Books, Gas, Food)   
    I worked full time during my (also full-time) master's program, but I was alone in a new city in a long-distance relationship, so I wasn't worried about offending friends and family by only concentrating on school for a short time. I wouldn't say "it really isn't that difficult" as BTF seems to think, but it wasn't impossible (for me).
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    Levon3 got a reaction from psychshow in Advice for a first year PhD student   
    Yes--it's good that you already have this strategy. I take notes using Mendeley. I don't know if i have the best strategy, but generally i note things like "what is the problem that this research is trying to solve" as well as methodological or content notes i'll need to come back to. I try to summarize purpose/methods/findings in a few sentences if the abstract doesn't quite do it for me, so that when i'm looking later i don't have to re-skim. 
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    Levon3 got a reaction from LOiseauRouge in Interview thank you emails   
    I would definitely advise it. It could help, but won't hurt. I know people who place a surprising premium on that sort of thing.
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    Levon3 got a reaction from williamt9494 in Interview thank you emails   
    I would definitely advise it. It could help, but won't hurt. I know people who place a surprising premium on that sort of thing.
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    Levon3 reacted to captiv8ed in If I knew then what I know now (Officially Grads version)   
    1. I wish I would have fully grasped how busy I would become. It is so much more work than undergrad.

    2. In that vein, I wish I would have done more prep work, gotten more freezer meals cooked and frozen before school started.

    3. I got excellent advice from a friend: Set a time limit and don't go over it. Let's say it is 40 hours or 50 hours or whatever. When you reach it, STOP! Even if you haven't finished the reading. There are times when you have no choice and will have to break it, but try your best to stick to it.

    4. Find a place you love and when it gets too much, go there and stay there until you have gained perspective. It could be the ocean, the forest, or our back yard.

    5. EXERCISE! I have stayed sane by walking to school most days and taking walks with my husband at night. It gives us a chance to reconnect and let's me look away from the screen.

    6. Learn to focus and cut out distractions. I installed Rescue Robot and it lets me know how long I have spent on each site and how productive I am. It is a free app and you can put it on multiple computers. I find it wonderful because so much of my time is spent on the computer or at home reading, so it is very easy to get sucked down rabbit holes. I have canceled my social media accounts as well, to cut down on mindless surfing.

    7. Try to move to your new place early if you can. Having a couple weeks to settle, unpack, and get your bearings before you are hit with school is wonderful.

    8. You will no longer be the smartest person in your class. Get over it. Also, don't be intimidated by other students. Remember they have had different training and preparation. One of the hardest things as a first year was to be thrown in a class with students who already have their master's and are studying for their qualifying exams. The only way I survived was that one of my classmates pointed it out to me and said to keep reminding myself of it.

    9. One of my biggest breakthroughs this year has been learning to take criticism without automatically assuming it means I am stupid. Important lesson!

    10. Have fun and remember you are in an incredibly privileged position. I think 5% of Americans have an advanced degree.
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    Levon3 got a reaction from brightorangesocks in Advice for a first year PhD student   
    Yes--it's good that you already have this strategy. I take notes using Mendeley. I don't know if i have the best strategy, but generally i note things like "what is the problem that this research is trying to solve" as well as methodological or content notes i'll need to come back to. I try to summarize purpose/methods/findings in a few sentences if the abstract doesn't quite do it for me, so that when i'm looking later i don't have to re-skim. 
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    Levon3 got a reaction from Adelaide9216 in Advice for a first year PhD student   
    Yes--it's good that you already have this strategy. I take notes using Mendeley. I don't know if i have the best strategy, but generally i note things like "what is the problem that this research is trying to solve" as well as methodological or content notes i'll need to come back to. I try to summarize purpose/methods/findings in a few sentences if the abstract doesn't quite do it for me, so that when i'm looking later i don't have to re-skim. 
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    Levon3 reacted to Chebrutta in New York, NY   
    Hey there!
    I used the SpareRoom app. It took awhile to find a place because for every apt you apply to, 100 people are also applying. 
    I also knew exactly where I wanted to live in Queens, so I was hyper vigilant about checking every day!
    I haven’t read the whole thread but just in case it wasn’t mentioned, the L train is going to be shut down in early 2019... so Greenpoint may not be a good neighborhood. 
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    Levon3 reacted to ruru107 in Submit CV instead of resume?   
    I decided to play it safe and submit the resume. I used my cover letter as a way to bring up other relevant experience and go into a little more detail, which is what the cover letter is for, right?
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    Levon3 got a reaction from Adelaide9216 in Did anyone tried to discourage you from pursuing a PhD?   
    Yeah, when I told my mom I got into my PhD program, she responded, "How much is THAT going to cost?!" as though it were a terrible life choice. When I told her they were paying me to go, she still wasn't satisfied. She says she just wants me to be happy, but she thinks happiness means married with children. I expected that since no one in my family went to college, no one would really understand a PhD, but I didn't expect them to be so actively against it. But I'm proud of myself, and happy with my choices!
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    Levon3 reacted to Usmivka in Taxes for NSF GRFP Fellows?   
    Go here: http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/f1040es.pdf
    Fill out your estimated taxes and file quarterly (deadlines are the third month of each quarter). If that is a hassle, you can pay all at once at the beginning of the year (but lose your interest) or pay all at once at tax time (but are supposed to calculate and pay an additional fine based on late payment).
     
    Come tax time, you'll need to fill out a regular 1040 and include the 1099-MISC or 1098 NSF gives you and mark it in the additional income box as "fellowship," or fill out the whole scholarship/fellowship additional forms associated with the 1040 (see Pub 970 below for names and links). You are not self-employed, so ignore anything about self-employment tax and additional forms.
     
    Anything not used towards qualified academic expenses (http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p970.pdf) will be taxable--if you are confused about the compensatory/non-compensatory fellowship designation (yours is the latter) read a little more here: It doesn't really change the above.
     
    If you have state taxes, you may have to file those quarterly as well, they may be keyed into federal taxes but have different deadlines.
     
    EDIT: My advice is based on the experiences of myself and other fellowship recipients I know, but view this as an opinion that you should corroborate by doing your own reading. Only the IRS or a certified tax professional can give you accurate and up to date tax related advice.
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